After enduring back-to-back losses, the Formosa Dreamers got back on the win column with an impressive 82-72 victory over CLS Knights Indonesia, Saturday at the Changhua County Stadium in Changhua City, Taiwan.
The duo of Will Artino and Malcolm Miller led the way with 24 points apiece and did their work on the glass, pulling down 22 combined rebounds.
The Dreamers first tasted defeat at the hands of Mono Vampire Basketball Club after winning their first six games. And in a face off against the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, they suffered another setback.
On Saturday, they fortunately returned to their old form. Artino, in particular, regained his shooting touch after two subpar performances. Miller meanwhile continued to be a strong force on the offensive end as he knocked down five 3-pointers against the Knights.
The Dreamers had control for most of the contest as they raced to a 23-17 lead in the opening quarter. They continued to pour it on after the halftime break where they uncorked a 6-0 run to establish an 11-point lead, 49-38, early in the third.
The Knights, however, remained within striking distance thanks to the contributions of Maxie Esho who tallied 19 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks and Wong Wei Long who netted 13 points.
The Indonesian squad also debuted their two new World Imports Douglas Herring and Daryl Watkins, taking in the places of Stephen Hurt and Montay Brandon. Big man Watkins had a quiet first game with eight points and six boards. Herring, on the other hand, contributed 16 points and was determined to find his teammates to finish with eight assists.
The Knights were still in contention late in the contest after a layup by Herring made it into a seven-point game, 75-68, with three and a half minutes remaining. However, the home team answered with a bucket from Kenneth Chien and a booming triple from Tevin Glass to push the Formosa lead to 12 points with 2:40 left in the game. Even as Herring converted with a layup on the Knights’ next possession, Miller provided the dagger with a gutsy jumper in the two-minute mark.
The Dreamers are now 7-2 but have no time to rest on their laurels as they’ll immediately face the Singapore Slingers on Sunday. The reeling Knights hope to end their three-game slide when they go up against the Mono Vampire Basketball Club next Wednesday, January 9.